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Motech’s sales continue strong record momentum
5 Feb 2016 at 1:53pm
Taiwan-based merchant solar cell producer Motech Industries has reported January, 2016 sales reaching a new record high, the fifth consecutive month of record sales.

Steel giant ArcelorMittal plans 500-600MW solar plant instead of steel mill in Karnataka
5 Feb 2016 at 1:46pm
Steel giant ArcelorMittal plans to build a 500-600MW solar plant in the Indian state of Karnataka after it backed out from plans to build a six million tonnes per annum steel mill.

Singulus boosts solar equipment sales and bookings in 2015
5 Feb 2016 at 1:40pm
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Singulus Technologies has reported preliminary unaudited sales of €84 million in 2015, but restructuring charges are expected to result in a negative EBIT of €33 to €35 million.

Amtech’s tool order intake boosted by new capacity buys in South East Asia
5 Feb 2016 at 1:22pm
Specialist PV manufacturing equipment supplier Amtech Systems reported strong order intake in the fourth quarter of 2015 with new order flow continuing into January, 2016 as China-based PV manufacturers expand production at facilities in South East Asia.

California’s distributed resources proposal could benefit grid, solar and utilities
5 Feb 2016 at 1:13pm
The organisation responsible for overseeing California’s bulk electric power system has approved proposals to accommodate more distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar, energy storage, advanced inverters and demand response, onto the state’s grid.

Abengoa sells share in Abu Dhabi CSP plant to Masdar
5 Feb 2016 at 1:09pm
Spanish renewables giant Abengoa, which entered insolvency proceedings last November, has sold its 20% share in the 100MW Shams-1 concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in The United Arab Emirates to Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar.

Hawaii utility threatens to cancel 49MW PPA with SunEdison
5 Feb 2016 at 12:34pm
The Hawaii Electric Company (HECO) has threatened to cancel a power purchase agreement (PPA) with SunEdison after it missed a development milestone.

China displaces Germany as solar capacity leader
5 Feb 2016 at 10:58am
China has officially overtaken Germany as the world’s leader in installed solar capacity after Beijing confirmed that 15.13GW was added in 2015.

PV Talk: Flickers of solar progress in West Africa
5 Feb 2016 at 10:48am
Solar in West Africa may have been slow to kick off, but the last year has seen notable deployment across the region. Mahama Kappiah, executive director of the West Africa's Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency discusses what potential solar has to revolutionise the energy sector in a region that suffers from severe power deficits.

SunEdison commissions 146MW of PV plants in Southern India
5 Feb 2016 at 10:44am
Renewable energy developer SunEdison has commissioned 146MW of Solar PV plants in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

First phase of 2GW Noor project installed in Morocco
5 Feb 2016 at 1:15am
The first portion of North Africa’s largest solar installation was successfully connected to the grid in Morocco, Bloomberg reports.

Canadian Solar to provide 60MW of PV modules for Ontario project
5 Feb 2016 at 1:05am
Solar power company Canadian Solar announced that its subsidiary — Canadian Solar Solutions — has agreed to contracts that would supply 60 MW DC of MaxPower CS6X Ontario-made solar panels and 30 medium voltage PV stations for the Southgate Solar facility.


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Smart energy storage system sonnenBatterie is ready for Hawaii
5 Feb 2016 at 12:18pm
The sonnenBatterie, one of the world's most popular residential storage systems, is officially install-ready in Hawaii after meeting the advanced energy storage requirements from the Hawaii Electric Companies (HECO). The products are now available in Hawaii through local certified installers, including Big Energy Savers, Haleakala Solar, Photon Works Engineering and Renewable Energy Services, sonnen GmbH (Wildpoldsried, Germany) reports.

NREL patents method for continuous monitoring of materials during manufacturing
5 Feb 2016 at 12:14pm
The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was recently issued a patent for a novel method that rapidly characterizes specialized materials during the manufacturing process. Mike Ulsh, manufacturing R&D project lead for NREL, sees the commercial benefits of implementing this invention in a number of industries including manufacturing of fuel cell components, semiconductor wafers, glass, and coatings.

IHS Analysis: SMA and SolarEdge solar inverter businesses booming, on back of US growth
5 Feb 2016 at 9:18am
Leading solar inverter suppliers SMA and SolarEdge both reported strong revenue and profit growth in their recent earnings calls, on the back of significant success in the United States PV market. While both suppliers noted that they have diversified PV inverter portfolios and broad geographical presences, in reality they are quite dependent on the United States to increase growth in the next two to three years, IHS reports. While the U.S. is likely to continue to be a strong source of revenue this year, some strong headwinds for these suppliers and the industry as a whole are expected after 2016.

World’s largest CSP plant opened in Morocco
5 Feb 2016 at 9:03am
On February 4th, 2016, Morocco launched the first phase of the largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the world. When fully operational, the plant will produce enough energy for more than one million Moroccan households. Inaugurated officially by His Majesty Mohammed VI of Morocco, the solar plant underlines the country’s determination to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, use more renewable energy, and move towards low carbon development, the Climate Investment Funds reports.

40 per cent of Brits unwilling to help in the battle against climate change
5 Feb 2016 at 9:00am
A study by REC, the largest European brand of solar panels, has discovered that 40 per cent of Brits are unwilling to make any personal changes to help combat the increasing threat of climate change. This number comes despite the fact that 82 per cent of the 2,000 people surveyed claim to be concerned about the impact climate change will have on the UK.

Canadian Solar to supply 60 MW of PV modules and power stations for Southgate Solar project
4 Feb 2016 at 2:14pm
Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) on February 4th, 2016 announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has secured contracts to supply 60 MW of MaxPower CS6X solar panels and 30 medium voltage power stations for the Southgate Solar facility. This utility-scale solar project, developed by Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure, will be built in the Township of Southgate, County of Grey, Ontario.

Japanese researchers develop new method of silicon casting to improve efficiencies of monocrystalline solar cells
4 Feb 2016 at 10:23am
Researchers at MANA (International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics at NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan) have developed a new method of silicon casting. Compared with conventional casting, the ‘single-seed cast method’ enables dramatic improvements in the crystalline quality of the silicon that are expected to increase the efficiency of silicon solar cells, MANA reports.

SolarEdge announces fiscal Q2 results; record revenue of USD124.8 million
4 Feb 2016 at 10:10am
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. on February 3rd, 2016 announced its financial results for the fiscal second quarter ended December 31st, 2015. The company reached a record revenue of USD124.8 million, up 8.5% from last quarter and 70.3% year-over-year, and a net income of USD24.1 million. The gross margin was 30.9%, and the company shipped 416 Megawatts of inverters.

European PV InstallerMonitor UK: Only slightly more British installers offer energy storage to their customers than last year
4 Feb 2016 at 9:36am
Despite only a small amount of British solar PV installers already installing energy storage, more PV installers in the United Kingdom are currently considering to offer storage solutions in their portfolio as compared to last year. This is one of the results from the current „European PV InstallerMonitor“ by market researcher EuPD Research.

Intersolar Europe and BSW-Solar intensify cooperation
4 Feb 2016 at 9:29am
The German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) continues its cooperation with Intersolar, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry, and with the electrical energy storage exhibition ees Europe until at least 2020. “We will continue to work together to identify new trends in the energy transition, and to develop promising markets at an early stage,” says Carsten Körnig, Managing Director of BSW-Solar.


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